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Leverage Agency Named Sports Business Awards 2010 Finalist

Congratulations to our friends at Leverage Agency for being named finalists in the 2010 Sports Business Awards. They were nominated for a “Best in Best in Property, Consulting, Sales and Client Services,” along with four other companies. The awards show is being hosted by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily for the third year and will…

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Bob Arum Says Deal Reached For Yankee Stadium To Host June Bout Top Rank Chair Bob Arum Thursday night said that Yankee Stadium will host a June 5 bout between Yuri Foreman and Miguel Cotto, according to Dave Skretta of the AP. Yankee Stadium could hold 30,000-35,000 fans for Foreman-Cotto bout. (www.sportsbusinessdaily.com) LPGA renews Blue…

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Rebranding: ESPN360 Becomes ESPN3 In April By David Goetzl The online live sports hub, ESPN360.com, will be rebranded ESPN3.com in April. ESPN3 will be available in 50 million homes, free to subscribers of broadband providers that have agreed to pay ESPN a TV-style fee to offer it. ESPN has not used Web lexicon recently in…

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EA Teams Up With Doritos For Bowl Promo By Aaron Baar Super Bowl Sunday means two things for most Americans: Snacks and Football. EA Sports is hoping to capitalize on the conversation by partnering with Doritos to give fans the chance to choose the cover athlete for the upcoming version of its popular gaming franchise,…

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Leverage, Top Rank partner for boxing upfront presentation By Jon Show The Leverage Agency and Top Rank will partner this Saturday on what they are calling the first advertising and sponsorship upfront in the history of boxing. Other boxing promoters and networks like ESPN aggregate the rights to multiple fights as part of advertising and…

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Haiti In Rubble: Marketers, Aid Groups Rush To Help By Karl Greenbery Coca-Cola has pledged $1 million through the Coca-Cola Foundation to the American Red Cross for disaster-relief efforts in Haiti. The company says it is also providing bottled water and other products through its bottler in the adjacent Dominican Republic. The General Motors Foundation…

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ESPN 3D to show soccer, football, more Sports broadcasting will enter a new dimension in 2010…the third dimension, as ESPN will unveil the industry’s first 3-D network. ESPN 3D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year beginning June 11 with the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match, featuring South…

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TV Revs: ’09 Down 22%, Rise Predicted in ’10 By Wayne Friedman BIA/Kelsey, a financial advisor to local media companies, estimates that TV stations’ ad revenues will rise 3% in 2010 — or $500 million — to $16.1 billion. The media group now says 2009 will end at $15.6 billion, down 22.4% from last year’s…

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72% Of Advertisers See More Digital Spending In 2010 By Erik Sass A regional survey of 8,500 senior advertising, marketing and media executives by Round2 Communications found that 72% predict they will increase their spending on digital media in the coming year. Along with the good news for digital media, the survey (which focused on…

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Gatorade Drops Tiger (the Drink) By Kenneth Hein After less than two years, Gatorade is dropping Tiger Focus from its portfolio. There has been a great deal of buzz around the announcement given its timing. However, the plans have been in the works for months. (www.adweek.com)

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Comcast, NBCU Finalize Deal: Combined Entity Will Have Unparalleled Reach By Joe Mandese The deal combines the biggest operator of cable and broadband communications services with one of the most powerful and broadest reach broadcast operations, giving the merged entity unparalleled distribution, and some of the most popular programming content and brands ever. Philadelphia-based Comcast…

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How To Maximize Your Sponsorships in the Down Economy

I spent time with Kevin McIntyre from Leverage Agency and Paul Sewell of the AVP during Super Bowl weekend.  I wanted to know how the AVP was doing on sponsorships during the down economy, and what creative things they were doing to keep and attract new sponsors for the league. The video is close to…

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